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University of Technology, Jamaica
2nd International Scientific Conference
“Linking Science, Technology and Innovation to Economic Development”
Date: June 5 – 7, 2012


8:00 am – 9:00 am

Registration and Morning Coffee

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Opening Ceremony

Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Mr. Nodley Wright, Faculty of Science and Sport (Master of Ceremonies)

The Hon. Phillip Paulwell, MP, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Prof. the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ, President, University of Technology, Jamaica Dr. Colin Gyles, Dean, Faculty of Science and Sport

Overview of Conference
Dr. Debbie-Ann Gordon-Smith, Chair, Conference Organising Committee

Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Mr. Maurice McGlashan-Powell, Research Fellow, Faculty of Science and Sport

Keynote Address – Plenary Lecture 1: International Educational Cooperation Professor Mohamed Chouikha, Chair, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Howard University, Washington, DC, USA

10:30 am – 10:45 am


10:45 am – 11:30 am

Session 1: Natural Products Research in Jamaica      Chair: Dr. James Smith

Andrew S Lamm – The Natural Products Research Laboratory (NPRL): Its objectives, potential and importance to Jamaica's development

Sheena Francis, Damion Morris, Mario Shields, Helen Jacobs, Rupika Delgoda – Natural products from Caribbean plants as potential Anti-tuberculars and Chemopreventors

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Sponsor Presentation: Waters Corporation Mr. Joerg von Helden – Screening, Quantification and the Study of Unknowns in the same Data Set of a modern LC-MS System

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Plenary Lecture 2: Development of an Oleochemicals Industry in Jamaica Dr. Andre Jones
Chief Executive Officer, Yono Industries Limited, Jamaica

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Session 2: The Business of Research          Chair: Mr. Gustwell Weir

Paul Ivey, Ruth Potopsingh, Martin Henry and Gossett Oliver – Advancing institutional research agenda through structured Research and Innovation Management

Janeen McNish, Ashford Kerr, Ceretsie Campbell, Simone Walker-Barrett – HomeChef seasonings: "Taste is Everything"

Winston Buckley, Oneil Harris, Sandun Perera – On the sensitivity of the Black-CAPM to the Market Portfolio
3:15 pm - 3:25 pm TEA BREAK
3:25pm - 5:00 pm

Session 3: Green Technology          Chair: Mrs. Nadia Watson-Spence

Homero Silva-SerranoA Negacarbon approach in UTECH for the reduction of carbon and environmental footprints and the strengthening of community resilience in Jamaica

Keroma Bernard – Assessing the indoor environment as a method of designing energy efficient office buildings in Jamaica

Ewan Pitter – Automation of a greenhouse hydroponic system, using microcontroller based technology for the production of food and food security in the Jamaican society

Raymond Martin – Innovation in Organic Crop Production Systems in Jamaica

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Reception – Venue: The Talk of Town, 17th Floor, Jamaica Pegasus Hotel "Jamaica Night"


8:30 am – 9:00 am

Morning Tea and Coffee

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Plenary Lecture 3: Advancing Sport in the Caribbean: Opportunities from Science and Technology
Dr. Francois-Xavier Li
Lecturer in Motor Control and Learning, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Birmingham University, UK

10:00 am - 10:30 am Sponsor Presentation: Victoria Mutual Building Society

10:30 am – 10:45 am


10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Session 4A: Innovative Systems I 
Chair: Dr. Colin Gyles

Tania Henry – Recent breakthroughs and development in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and its implications for the developing world

Maurice McGlashan-Powell An Integrated Optics and Photonics Research Laboratory (IOPRL) at the University of Technology Jamaica:  Its implications for economic growth for Jamaica and the Caribbean. Barrington Brown, Fassil Muddeen Technological Innovations: Autonomous Rain Gauge

Session 4B: Health Issues
Chair: Mrs. Beverly Myers

Olusegun A Ismail, Chiranjivi Potu, Edwin Tulloch-Reid, Dainia Baugh, Ernest C. Madu – Echocardiographic Partition values and prevalence of Left Ventricular Hypertrophy in Hypertensive Jamaicans

Dorothy Akindele – Is there a link between Human Capital Development and Maternal Depression?

Cecelia A Waugh-Hall, John F Lindo, Jacob Lorenzo-Morales, Ralph D Robinson– Wild rats (Rattus rattus and R. norvegicus) as a Zoonotic Risk in Jamaica

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


1:00 pm – 1:50 pm

Session 5A: Innovative Systems IIChair: Dr. Kamilah Hylton

Debbie-Ann Gordon-Smith, O’Neill Gordon-Smith, Rajiv Bakshi – Waste-to-Energy: A viable solution for waste disposal and energy issues affecting Small Island Developing States (SIDS)?

Delroy Green – Evaluation of an Intelligent Integrated Renewable Energy Management System for electricity generation in equatorial developing countries

Session 5B: Technology in the Caribbean
Chair: Dr. Cecelia Waugh-Hall

Kemuel Gaffar, Lenandlar Singh, Troy Thomas – Mobile Learning: Lecturers versus students on Usage and Perception using the UTAUT Model

Everton Lewis – Technological Literacy: A Critical Path towards economic development

1:50 pm – 2:20 pm

Sponsor presentation: Isratech Jamaica Limited
Mr. Jason Williams – Energy sources of the future

2:20 pm – 2:50 pm


2:50 pm - 3:20 pm

Sponsor Presentation: Environmental Foundation of Jamaica
Mrs. Karen McDonald-Gayle – The Role of the EFJ in linking Science Technology and Innovation to national development

3:20 pm - 4:10 pm

Session 6: Innovative Systems III                        Chair: Dr. Sheena Francis

Michael Prescod, Dayne Robinson, Ervin LyleA PLC Based Weight Processing & Sorting system for industrial applications

Robert Johnson, Nonata Maia – Technological developments in rocess Intensification
4:10 pm - 4:30 pm Closing Ceremony


7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Environmental Field Trip:
Green Grotto Caves and Dunn's River Falls, St. Ann, Jamaica
(Buses leave UTech Campus at 7:30 am and Jamaica Pegasus Hotel at 8:00 am)




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